Serious Toyz' Auction #55, twice delayed, is now online and will conclude May 30-31 Serious Toyz' Auction #55, twice delayed, is online now (at SeriousToyz.com) and will end May 30 (for Character and Classic Collectibles) and May 31 (for Toy Vehicles).
News-Antique.com - May 23,2013 - (CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.) - Serious Toyz' Auction #55, twice delayed, is online now (at SeriousToyz.com) and will end May 30 (for Character and Classic Collectibles) and May 31 (for Toy Vehicles). Auction #55 is a nearly 1,300-lot colossus that features antique and vintage items in many collecting categories, not just toys.
“We are not a large organization, and while our small size offers many advantages, anything from illness to personal issues to weather to systems problems can have a huge impact on how our auction prep work proceeds,” said Tom Miano, owner of Serious Toyz. “For a number of reasons, Auction #55 has proved to be difficult for us. But we're back on track, and this auction will be, without a doubt, our best one ever.”
Offered by Serious Toyz are outstanding groups of vintage robots and space toys, Barbies, 1960s rock posters and dozens of pressed steel vehicles, cast-iron toys, slot cars, character toys and collectibles, advertising and retail displays and more.
“This sale is certain to appeal to all kinds of collectors,” Miano said. “We have real in-depth offerings in many categories, with items that will speak to beginners through advanced collectors. And even with the wide variety of collecting categories, the common denominators are condition and rarity.”
Miano added, “This auction represents the long-term efforts of more than 40 serious collectors and will offer legitimately rare pieces, a term we do not use lightly.” The sale can be boiled down to three primary categories – Classic Toys and Collectibles, Character Toys and Collectibles, and Toy Vehicles. Within those broad categories are various sub-categories, all adding up to one huge auction packed with quality offerings.
The Classic Toys and Collectibles category is led by a nice group of vintage space toys, including almost 40 robots, many in the original boxes. Toy guns will feature Western, spy and a dozen early space and ray guns. The vintage Barbies are from a single longtime collection and include a mint-in-the-box Ponytail #3 and more than 30 early outfits, all complete on vintage dolls.
Figure and soldier collectors will pay attention to the plastic, composition and lead figures offered, featuring a beautiful, complete set of Manoil’s rare "Happy Farm,” along with dozens of Beton figures and sets.
The majority of the classic tin wind-up and battery-op toys offered are mint or MIB (mint-in-the box), and almost everything works perfectly (as does most every item in the auction). Vintage holiday collectibles will feature a late 1800s German “feather tree” with original ornaments, German ‘Putz’ Houses and classic Jack-O-Lanterns.
Advertising collectibles will be led by a huge and rare 1950 Greyhound bus painted plaster display; a 1960s Tri-Ang “Spot-On” die-cast cars retail display and a 1950s Coca-Cola battery-operated penny bank, mint-in-the-box. The advertising collectibles will also include store-stock metal and cardboard signs, and manufacturers and travel agency plane models.
Moving on to character toys and collectibles, the auction will be packed with ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s TV and movie characters, to include long-time collections of